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Grade: 11


explain lone pair electon overlapping?

11 years ago

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Dear student,

We must realize that in a double or triple bond, the sigma and pi orbital overlaps, and the electrons contained therein, are located in the same basic region between the two atoms. Thus, the four electrons of a double bond or the six electrons of a triple bond are not independent of one another, but form coordinated "sets" of four or six electrons that try to get as far away from other sets of electrons as possible. In an atom's valence shell, a lone pair of electrons or, collectively, the two, four, or six electrons of a single, double, or triple bond each form a set of electrons. It is repulsions among sets of valence shell electrons that determine the geometry around an atom.

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